A landmark partnership to accelerate improvements to environmental performance in operations across the country was announced this week.  The Environmental Partnership will help to reduce air emissions through this new voluntary program which will allow the United States to have both environmental progress and sensible energy solutions.  While America produces more and more of our energy here at home, innovation and ingenuity continue to advance allowing significant safety and environmental progress to continue.

Significant natural gas production from Appalachia continues to save families and small businesses money on energy bills.  In fact, for the first time since EIA began keeping records, the United States is projected to meet winter demand for natural gas without imports.

The U.S. Senate is currently debating whether to open up ANWR for exploration and production of domestic energy resources.  Alaska’s onshore and offshore production is crucial to contributing to America’s oil supply, nationally and along the West Coast, as well as our country’s geopolitical presence in the Arctic and for consumer energy prices overall.

The concerted effort by OPEC to increase crude oil prices has already enjoyed success over the last few months; however, American drivers will see a seasonal reprieve in December and January. Slightly lower gasoline prices will not last long; in fact, they are expected to rise in 2018 as foreign companies seek to accumulate as much American crude oil and shale gas as possible. A purchase frenzy of U.S. oil and gas is good for the industry, but it leaves drivers with the prospect of having to pay more at the pump as the price of exports rises, which is one of the goals sought by OPEC.

On December 25, many smartphone owners across the U.S. will find solar mobile chargers under the holiday tree. According to Digital Trends, portable and rugged solar chargers have been actively selling since the beginning of of the holiday shopping season. The price range of these items starts around $35 and could cost more than $200 depending on the capacity and charging times; the most popular feature mechanisms to clip onto backpacks.